Headteacher’s Weekly Bulletin

Issue 18

 Friday 23rd January 2015

Good afternoon

I feel like one of Mrs Wright’s GCSE English students having to anxiously explain why my coursework is late; it is 17.13 and for one reason or another (all justified) this is the first opportunity I have had today to compose this week’s bulletin, so I apologise for its lateness but also for the inevitable brevity as I am required (by Mrs Beeley) to be at a friend’s house for dinner ‘no later than 6!’.  There is no chance I will meet that deadline but I have promised to be as quick as possible.

Week 3 of the Spring Term completed and so much achieved by students and staff already.  As I mentioned last week, the usual routines are added to by countless extra lessons and the series of parents’ evenings this half term; it really is the time of year where school life seems to gather even more pace.  With that in mind it is important that School and ‘home’ work together to manage the demands on our youngsters preparing for public examinations.  Those life-defining GCSEs and A levels are, of course, an absolute priority for many over the next 6 months but there has to be a balance.  Extra-curricular activity, paid work, a social life etc are all appropriate in the right measure and that will vary from individual to individual.  Knowing yourself (student), your student's (teacher) and your child (parent/carer) is the key.  ‘What will success look like for me and how will I ensure I achieve it?’  Not letting things slide nor leaving them too late or to chance is vital and therefore planning the next few months is a must.  We’re always available for parents and students for further guidance.  Before you know it, it will be second mocks, Easter and the Summer Term!

Mrs Copeland headed-up the launch this week of Wellington’s annual sponsored walk. ECD Genesis.jpgOur chosen charity is Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.  Judi Hibbert, fundraiser for Genesis, talked to each Year group in assemblies about the charity and the amazing work they do. The message was clear; 1 in 10 women and 1 in 1000 men develop breast cancer, and Genesis is the only organisation totally dedicated to the prevention of the disease which affects so many of our lives.  The majority of you have already sent back the permission slip to allow your child to take part in the walk on the 27th February but if you haven’t please do so asap as the sooner the reply slip is returned the sooner your child can start collecting sponsors.  As always, we thank you in advance for all your support in raising as much money as possible for this fantastic local charity.

I’m still awaiting reports on the Year 9 trip to Chester University on Wednesday and today’s Year 9 Food Tech trip to Reaseheath College in Nantwich; hopefully I’ll have more for you next week.

Miss Davison and a group of students yesterday met with a visitor to discuss plans for Holocaust Memorial Day coming up soon.  With recent events in Paris and the suggestion that there is a rise in anti-semitism, perhaps this day takes on even more significance than ever.  I reported on the impact the recent trip to Poland had on our students and opportunities like this here in School should be maximised to highlight the horrors of history and lessons we must continue to learn and never forget.

Design &  Technology

Mr Travis would likWTS clock project y8.jpge to congratulate his 3 Year 8 groups currently designing their Piet Mondrian inspired clocks.  “The standard of work and attention to detail is terrific – easily the best 3 tech groups I’ve worked with on this project (steady on, Mr T, you’re in danger of upsetting a lot of students and former students!).  I’ve attached an image of 3 girls from my 8X class who have achieved a particularly high standard of detail and precision.  Even though they’re a bit camera shy, a big well done to Anna Parums, Ailsa Robertson and Millie Hargreaves.  In the next few weeks,  I hope to update you with some of the final outcomes. 

Music

‘Sing’, ‘Sing with 7s’ and the ‘Chamber Choir’ are busy rehearsing for the Bowdon Festival which takes place in a few weeks.  Mrs Moorhouse would like to recruit new members and is encouraging our talented, if often reticent students, not to ‘hide their lights under any bushels’.

“New (and old) members as always are very welcome to join. So many of our students and groups sing fantastically, it would be great to see them getting involved in more music making outside of their lessons.

Mrs Moorhouse has sent me a recording of 7.3a made on Thursday singing an African song as part of their new unit on World Traditions. We'll try and load it to my bulletin next week for you to listen to - it's worth it. They were singing in 3 parts by the end of the lesson, each group maintained their part while an unsigned ‘popstar’ sang the melody. They left the lesson so enthused they even gave Mrs Collinge an impromptu performance during their next lesson!” (Quick update on Monday - this recording is now available below my bulletin).

As a school we really do value the power of the performing arts to develop our students and we continue to seek further opportunities to increase its impact.

Sport

Basketball

Mr Morgan can report that the Year 10/11 basketball team beat St Ambrose 22-18 this week.  “Fine performances from Ollie Spratt and Josh Curtis gave the team an edge in the first half with the duo scoring the majority of points.  The second half was a super defensive performance with all team members working hard to keep the opposition form gaining momentum.  Man of the match was awarded to Josh Curtis for his persistence in offence and defence.  The final match of the season against ACA will define the season, with the winner going through to the Trafford finals.”

Mr Gubbins’ Year 8/9 team lost an away fixture narrowly at St Ambrose, which has dashed their hopes of progressing in the competition.  There’s always next year!

Indoor Athletics

Miss MacGlinchey writes, “The Year 7 and Year 8 girls’ indoor athletics competition took place at Lostock on Monday.  The girls took part in individual races, relays, and field events such as the speed bounce and standing long jump.  Although we didn’t finish high in the overall results there were some excellent individual/team performances – 1st in Year 8 relay;  2nd in Year 7 relay; Charlotte Mairs 1st in 2 lap race; Jess Richardson 2nd in 6 lap race; Ellie Swain 2nd in 2 lap and 4 lap races; Amy Millard 2nd in 6 lap race.  Well done to all girls involved!”

I expect a Dave Brailsford type de-brief / analysis, Miss MacGlinchey, with a view to an improved overall finish next year. 

Netball

“The Year 8 Netball team have beaten Urmston Grammar in the Semi -final 14-8!”, a very excited Miss Hodges would like to announce.  “This is an especially sweet victory as they lost to Urmston in last year’s final. The girls showed excellent skill, especially Charlotte Mairs and Maddie Daniels who were incredibly accurate with their shooting. The girls will now put in some additional training sessions before they face either Sale Grammar or Stretford Grammar in the final which will be around half term.”

Fantastic news!  Well done to players and coaches.  Let’s make sure we get plenty of spectators for the final – I’ll keep you all posted.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

100_1642 STEM E TYRER.JPGMiss Tyrer updates us on the STEM club re-launch she advertised last week.  “STEM club kicked off this week, with100_1650STEM.JPG the pupils learning about design engineering and disassembling, then reassembling a real Dyson hoover head!

There was a large amount of enthusiasm from KS5 Physics, Maths and Biology students and some Year 11’s came along too. It was a great start to the club, and I’m pleased to say that everyone managed to fully assemble a functioning hoover head, as tested by Miss Latham who took it upon herself to give my lab a good hoover!

We are all looking forward to next week when we are going to tackle the actual hoover itself!”

That’ll have to do for now (it’s18.10!).100_1649 STEM.JPG

The deadline for the Kirkland Rowell parental survey was today so a big thank you to all of you who took the trouble to complete it.  I can’t wait to read the feedback (good or bad).  I’ll let you know my thoughts in a few weeks.

Have a great weekend – I believe it’s getting warmer.

 

S P Beeley

Headteacher

To hear 7.3a sing their African song, click below:

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Thank you for taking the time to view our website.  I would like to begin by saying what an absolute honour it is to be the Headteacher of such an outstanding school.  I relish the challenge of maintaining the exceptional standards established over many years and, indeed, moving Wellington forward in the future.

Wellington School is an 11 – 18 Academy with Humanities Specialism. Our motto is ‘Excellence in Everything’ and that is our aim in everything we do. To achieve this, high standards are expected of all our students and staff. All of our work is anchored in the values of mutual respect, responsibility, discipline, care for the individual and high achievement.

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We hope you enjoy our website and find it both informative and useful.

Stuart Beeley, Headteacher

 

March 2013

I am pleased to publish the results and my thoughts on the latest Kirkland Rowell Parent Survey - please see the new tab at the top of the page ' Parent Survey 2013'.

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